Hemangioma is a birthmark with an appearance of a rubbery, bright red nodule of extra blood vessels in the skin.
It is sometimes referred to as a strawberry mark. A hemangioma grows during the first year of life and begins to recede with time.
A child who had a hemangioma during infancy usually has little visible trace of growth by the age of 10.
A hemangioma can be located on any part of the body, but the common places are the face, scalp, chest or back.
Treatment for a hemangioma is not necessary, unless the nodule interferes with vision or breathing.
The main symptom of hemangioma is flat red mark that can be located anywhere on the body, most often on the face, scalp, chest or back.
A hemangioma may be present at birth, but in many cases, appears within the first several months of life.
Children usually have only one mark, but this may vary as some children may have more than one. During the a child's first year, the red mark grows rapidly and becomes a spongy mass that protrudes from the skin.
The hemangioma proceeds to a rest phase and, eventually begins to slowly disappear. Half of all hemangiomas resolve by the age of 5 and nearly all by age 10.
The color of the birthmark fades but faint discoloration of the skin or residual extra skin may remain.
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